Audition, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn't dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko.

Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying.

So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea.

Of the thousands who apply, Aoyama only has eyes for Yamasaki Asami, a young, beautiful, delicate and talented ballerina with a turbulent past.

But there is more to her than Aoyama, blinded by his infatuation, can see, and by the time he discovers the terrifying truth it may be too late Ryu Murakami delivers his most subtle and disturbing novel yet, confirming him as Japan's master of the psycho-thriller.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781408800720



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Breathtaking. Everything seems normal, with hints of darkness, until one weird scene about two thirds of the way through the book, when the fact that all is not as it should be is confirmed, and then the final scenes ramp up the tension. Having been warned that the final scenes were graphic, by someone who has seen the film but not read the book, it was a relief that they weren't quite as bad as I was expecting. Not on the same level as the violence in In The Miso Soup, anyway!

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A tightly controlled, very funny book which, unfortunately, suddenly descends into extremely graphic and gratuitous violence in the climax. I stopped reading at the point the poor dog was attacked and skipped ahead to read the last paragraph only. In a book that was so well-written, with both humour and tension expertly woven into the pages, the detailed description of the violence was unnecessary.

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